Escape the demands of normal routine, whoosh through the air across the Pacific tended by the highly-trained staff of Japan Air Lines, and enter a world of graciousness, tradition and pampering ceremony which has changed little since the days of the great samurai warriors.
You'll stay at a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, surrounded by pristine gardens. Remove your shoes at the door and enter a world of peaceful, enduring design: tatami mats on gleaming wood floors, translucent dividing walls and sliding doors, low-slung furniture, carefully arranged flowers, and traditionally-costumed staff whose graciousness and personal attention will soon make you forget any cares which have come with you.
Perhaps the ultimate Japanese serenity is achieved in the traditional Japanese hot-spring bath, or onsen. Dressed in a flowing kimono, you approach the baths, take a quick dip in the steaming mineral water, get out and wash thoroughly, then return to the bath for a good long soak. Many baths have glass walls looking out onto perfect Japanese gardens to soothe your spirit the way the hot water soothes your body. The result is utter relaxation, with no thought of cares far away.
After your bath, put on your kimono and go for a stroll, admire the surroundings, go window-shopping, and let your mind and spirit wander as they will. This is true serenity, Japanese-style.
Explore the mysteries of the renowned Japanese tea ceremony, an age-old ritual which is not so much about tea as friendship, good feeling, mutual consideration and togetherness. As you participate, that same feeling of utter serenity descends, bringing peace not just now, but whenever you recall these moments.
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By the middle of your Japanese sojourn, you'll feel that you belong here. By the end, you'll feel more fully restored and revived than if you spent a whole month of leisure at home.
After thousands of years of polishing, the Japanese have perfected relaxation. Come with us, Travel in Style, and experience Serene Japan.
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